KRA green lights the use of e-stickers for imported second hand cars

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Imported second hand cars at the Mombasa Port.
Imported second hand cars at the Mombasa Port. PHOTO/COURTESY: Kenya Car Bazaar

Imported second hand cars lying at Mombasa Port can now exit the harbor without having license plates, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced.

Following persuasion from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), KRA has opted to introduce identifier stickers which serve the same purpose as number plates. The stickers which retail at Ksh. 700 each detail every vehicle’s specifics, including the number plate, car model and chassis number.

“After negotiations with KRA, the taxman agreed to release vehicles that have been stuck at Mombasa port,” Jacqueline Githinji, Director of Registration and Licensing at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is quoted as saying by a Local Daily.

“Before release, the cars will be registered, assigned a number and fitted with an e-sticker. The plates will be fixed at a different period.”

According to NTSA, the move is warranted since there is an unavailability of number plates produced by inmates at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. The shortage of production materials for the plates has led to over 4000 imported second hand vehicles being impounded at the Container Freight Stations (CFS) since October 18, 2018.

NTSA also revealed that Kenya Prisons last week resumed the production of license plates. The rehabilitation centers are expected to ship out approximately 3,000 plates today. Despite the known shortage of plates, the vehicles have been attracting a fine of Ksh. 3000 a day for failure to clear on time and this has affected a number of car dealers.

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